Art and cars, like art and sex, have always had a symbiotic relationship: think Ed Ruscha’s gas stations or Robert Williams’ hyper-inflated hot rod babes. In Bordeaux, Le Garage Moderne takes this to another level. In a quite back lane in the quirky suburb of Bacalan, a huge, grease-stained auto-repair shop housed in an oak-beamed warehouse has become the alternative space of preference for local performance artists, dance groups and emerging artists.
On weekdays, mohawk-ed and boiler-suited male and female mechanics will work on your car or bike, just like any other garage. But at night and at weekends, nearly anything else can happen – and usually does. Le Garage Moderne is not exactly on the official tourist maps – although the New York Times recently noted it as one of Bordeaux’s ‘must-visit’ locations – but arguably more than anywhere else, it gives life to the offbeat, imaginative and exciting eclecticism that has made this ancient wine-trading city, home of the most expensive red wines on the planet, something to really write home about.